Tilapia Welfare Project
Addressing Fundamental Welfare Issues for Tilapia
The aquaculture industry is at a similar stage in its history to that of the pig and poultry sectors 30-40 years ago, focused on removing the animal from the disease challenges, rather than meeting the animals’ health and welfare needs.
It is essential that we think more critically and carefully about how we can provide animal-centred systems for farmed fish that are designed and suited to meet their health and welfare needs, and meet commercial production requirements.
FAI is a global cross disciplinary team of farmers, veterinarians, agriculturalists, auditors, scientists, and strategists with over 15 years experience in developing best-in-class animal welfare approaches for food companies, as well as writing and implementing supply chain standards.
Tilapia are a tropical shallow, fresh water fish. Tilapia aquaculture has been a growing industry since the 1970s, and it is estimated that 2.5 billion fish are produced per annum (. The most common species used for commercial production is the Nile tilapia. However, despite the relatively long history of commercial tilapia production there are still fundamental management and welfare issues associated with their farming.
Outcomes of the Project
Develop a suite of
Produce standards, best
practice guidelines and training
Welfare in Tilapia Production Guideline Series
The welfare in tilapia production guideline series aims to guide those involved in the production to integrate the well-established knowledge of animal welfare sciences, in the daily routines of producers, transporters and those responsible for the slaughter of animals.
Through direct and simple language, we will use the science with the practical experiences to disseminate knowledge to members of the production chain, especially those who deal with animals on the daily working routines.
This first module (from a total of 5) will address the concepts of animal welfare linked to livestock production and its positive effects on the economy, the environment, people and animals.